Like I said in my John Carter review, it really wasn’t worth the extra cash to see it in 3D. On the other hand, the trailers had some awesome 3D action. Perhaps I’m navel gazing a little too much, but this year’s crop of movies is starting to look interesting so I’m going to be that guy who talks about trailers. If you’re not interested in action movies due in 2012, you should probably move along now.
I have to hand it to whomever put together the trailer for Battleship. The trailer single-handedly took me from complete disinterest through apathy and up to “I’ll see it if I’m not busy”. It didn’t make it to must see status, but I think it would be impossible for a movie based on a board game to get that high in my personal ratings system. Lots of exploding military hardware and falling buildings. There was a brief clip of a destroyer firing its main battle guns, and that intrigues me because those are pretty much the biggest projectile guns on the planet.
Wrath of the Titanshad a pretty impressive trailer as well, and made much better use of 3D than its predecessor, Clash of the Titans. Despite the fun looking trailer I still haven’t been able to go beyond ‘meh’ for this one. My apathy there may be caused by repressed memories of Clash, or it may have been the use of Marilyn Manson’s cover of Sweet Dreams. That’s a great song for a creepy horror flick, but it wasn’t working for me with all the high level action in the trailer. Despite all the CG monsters and mayhem on display, there just wasn’t much to interest me.
I won’t even try to deny how big a fan I am of the Avengers. I’ve been waiting for this movie since I bought my first Avengers comic with money I made washing dishes in high school, and the trailer fed the flames even higher. I’m not entirely happy about their choice of Big Bad Guy, but it does stay true to the comic and it fits well with last year’s Thor movie. The casting choices are great for the most part. I’m reserving judgement on Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk though. The fan boy in me wants to protest at the inclusion of Hawkeye and Black Widow because they aren’t big deal heros like the others, but as a man I think red-haired Scarlett Johansson dressed in black leather should be in every movie ever made. The circle pan around the team arrayed in the street was enough to get me to a midnight showing all by itself. The Captain America costume does have me a little worried though.